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A crowd of people gathered outside the Copper Star shooting range Saturday, April 27, to show their support for the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provides the right for Americans to keep and bear arms. It also offers that a well-regulated militia is necessary for the security of a free state.

Former Arizona State Sen. Lori Klein [R-District 6] shows her raspberry Ruger handgun as she speaks to the crowd at the Spirit of 1791 Second Amendment Rally on Saturday, April 27, in Camp Verde.While Arizona already has some of the most gun-friendly rules in the nation, people in the crowd were there to show their support and determination to make sure that their right to firearms remains uninfringed.

Sponsored by the Arizona GOP, the Spirit of 1791 rally featured a host of speakers representing the state and local levels, including recalled Arizona State Sen. Russell Pearce [R-District 18], Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher, State Rep. Brenda Barton [R-District 6], former State Sen. Lori Klein [R-District 6], and State Rep. Bob Thorpe [R-District 6] and others.

“The Second Amendment is the first line of defense,” Klein said. “They say there should be a revolution every 20 years? Well, we’re about 200 years overdue. We need to say hell no and no more.”

For the full story, see the Wednesday, May 1, edition of The Camp Verde Journal or the Cottonwood Journal Extra.


Two longtime friendly rivals — Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. John McCain [R-Ariz.] — shared the stage at the Sedona Forum’s opening dinner on Friday, April 26.

Vice President Joe Biden, left, speaks to U.S. Sen. John McCain [R-Ariz.] before a crowd of several hundred attendees at the McCain Institute’s Sedona Forum on Friday, April 26. Despite their  differences, the two have remained friends for 38 years.The nation’s fiscal struggles, terrorism, gun control, the use of torture after 9/11 and the Boston Marathon bombing of April 15 were among the topics of conversation before a few hundred attendees of the second annual invitation-only event, hosted by the McCain Institute for International Leadership at a Sedona resort. During the talk, Biden also admitted that the beginning of the Great Recession in the months before the 2008 presidential election — which pitted then-Sen. Barack Obama [D-Ill.] and running mate Biden against McCain and running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — is what might have kept McCain out of the White House.

“The truth of the matter is, Barack knows it, I know, had the economy not collapsed around your ears, John, in the middle of — literally as things were moving — I think you probably would have won,” Biden said. “But it would have been incredibly, incredibly, incredibly close. You inherited a really difficult time.”

For the full story, see the Wednesday, May 1, edition of The Camp Verde Journal or the Cottonwood Journal Extra.


Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards will soon fade into the state’s educational history.

Gov_Jan_Brewer_2-9-2010On March 28, Gov. Jan Brewer signed House Bill 2425, legislation that enables the Arizona Board of Education to replace AIMS with an improved performance assessment aligned with the Arizona Common Core standards.

“I am proud to sign HB2425 today, as Arizona can accept nothing less than the best classrooms possible for our students,” Brewer said. “Our children must be able to compete on a global stage. The era of low expectations and minimum-competency is over."

For the full story, see the Wednesday, April 17, edition of The Camp Verde Journal or the Cottonwood Journal Extra.

Rural hospitals must be bold and selective — being bold in areas they can provide top health care — and that’s exactly what Verde Valley Medical Center is doing, according to its interim president and CEO.

Barbara Dember, interim president and CEO of Verde Valley Medical Center, talks to the Sedona Women on March 13. Dember, along with Dr. Samuel Butman, chief of staff at VVMC, talked about the Verde Valley medical system and answered  questions and concerns from attendees.Barbara Dember, VVMC interim president and CEO, visited The Sedona Women on Wednesday, March 13. She and cardiologist Dr. Sam Butman presented  “Today’s Verde Valley Medical Center” regarding health care in the Verde Valley.

The program’s purpose was to help valley residents make informed choices about health care and to share many of the positive changes to Northern Arizona Healthcare, the umbrella nonprofit VVMC and its campuses fall under along with Flagstaff Medical Center, speciality care facilities and primary care offices. VVMC also operates the Sedona Campus.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, March 20, edition of The Camp Verde Journal or the Cottonwood Journal Extra.


The Verde River Basin Partnership is hosting what it describes as “one of the most pivotal meetings about water in the Verde Valley’s History.”

Tony Gioia, with the Verde River Basin PartnershipTitled “Is Our Water Budget Broken?,” the meeting will be used to release a study from the U.S. Geological Survey that looks at the impact of human activity on the Verde Valley’s groundwater and streamflow from 1910 into a projected future in 2109. The meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, April 11 at the Camp Verde Multi-Use Complex auditorium, 37 Camp Lincoln Road.

The study relied, in part, on data from an April 2011, groundwater flow model that looked at water not just in the Verde Valley but throughout the region, including the watersheds of the Verde, Salt, Little Colorado and Colorado rivers and its role in Apache, Coconino, Gila, Mohave, Navajo and Yavapai counties.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, March 20, edition of The Camp Verde Journal or the Cottonwood Journal Extra.


With spring in the air, local organizations and clubs have numerous events in the pipeline to get people motivated to make the most of the season, and the Sedona Area Garden Club is doing its part by hosting the Arizona Federated Garden Club Convention which opens Monday, April 1, at Poco Diablo Resort in Sedona.

Max Licher, left, and Clare Licher, right, will present a shop tour and seminar on distilling essential oils from plants at the Arizona Federated Garden Club 2013 Convention.The 79th annual convention brings together garden clubs from all over the state and features panel discussions and seminars on a wide range of topics, from floral design to container gardening to birding.

Among the speakers and guests are National Garden Club President Shirley Nicolai and Arizona Federation of Garden Clubs President Carol Parrott, as well as experts in various fields, like architect and botanist Max Licher, and Ruth Loomis, an expert on African violets, among others.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, March 20, edition of The Camp Verde Journal or the Cottonwood Journal Extra.


The Cornville area may be getting its own recreational trail system in the near future. Aside from Yavapai County Distrct 3 Supervisor Chip Davis and Assistant Public Works Director Mike Willett, another proponent of the project is Yavapai County District 2 Supervisor Tom Thurman, who said he believes trails are a good idea everywhere. Thurman’s district  expanded to the Cornville area after redistricing.The U.S. Forest Service is currently working on a project that would adopt several existing roads and trails and turn them into Forest Service system trails.

“We are currently undergoing an environmental assessment of a trails proposal that includes a historic wagon route and a few trailheads,” Forest Service Assistant Recreation Staff Officer Kevin Lehto said. “We anticipate a decision before the end of the year.”

The wagon route is one that historically ran from Cottonwood to Cornville, which is the ultimate goal of the trail system — to connect Cottonwood to Cornville and eventually to Sedona.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, March 13, edition of The Camp Verde Journal or the Cottonwood Journal Extra.


Despite the long history of arts in Sedona and the Verde Valley and the dozens of art galleries, the Verde Valley does not yet have an art museum. One group of artists plans to change that and has created momentum to make it happen soon.

Jerry Buley, Ph.D., left, John Warren Oakes and Sharron Vincent Porter show off one of the artworks they hope to have in the Sedona Art Museum, “Light and Shadows,” an oil painting on Masonite by Al Nestler, one of the first art teachers at the Sedona Art Center and on loan from the collection of Fran and Ed Elliott. The Sedona Art Museum is set to move into a preview museum at the Old Marketplace.The Sedona Art Museum, a recently created 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is set to move into a temporary location, or preview museum, at the Old Marketplace in West Sedona. Property owner John D. Miller has given the Sedona Art Museum Exploratory Committee two months to raise funds and renovate three vacant suites along the central courtyard, according to John Warren Oakes, chairman of the committee and a master signature artist charter member of the Sedona Area Guild of Artists. Miller has offered the group an incubation period of six months rent free with an option to renew, Oakes said. The museum group will still have to pay utilities and triple net fees — real estate taxes, building insurance and maintenance — which Oakes estimates at about $2,500 per month.

“I didn’t say it didn’t cost us anything. It’s rent-free but we have to pick up the utilities and operational expenses,” Oakes said. “That’s about the cost to open the doors.” This is not Oakes’ first foray into running an art museum. Oakes trained in arts administration at Harvard University, was an art professor at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky., for 46 years and was gallery director of the university art museum for 20 years. He worked as assistant dean at WKU’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Studies for 10 years, responsible for 13 departments and four buildings. Aside from the museum, he also ran a concert series.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, March 13, edition of The Camp Verde Journal or the Cottonwood Journal Extra.


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